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Halcón Guaicurú / Laughing Falcon, with prey. | by Karina Diarte de Maidana
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Halcón Guaicurú / Laughing Falcon, with prey.

Herpetotheres cachinnans


It catches mainly snakes, including venomous ones such as coral snakes, and also lizards, and, to a lesser extent, small rodents, bats and centipedes. The Laughing Falcon pounces on its prey from flight, often with an audible thud, and then biting it just behind the head, sometimes removing the head in the process. It carries the food to a perch to eat.


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Taken on September 29, 2012